Hi Scholar! I’ve joined this instance a few years ago, but I’ve been too shy to introduce myself. My name is Damiano, I am a medical doctor in Public Health. I work as statistician at the University Hospital of Caen Normandy (France) and as assistant professor in statistics and public health at the University of Caen. […]

[…] My (personal) research work focuses mainly on end-stage kidney disease. I look for risk factors of cardiovascular events in the French population treated by dialysis or transplantation. For that, I use the database of the French National Health Insurance. I am a huge fan, and though I have a no data science / programming background, I am doing quite well.

@damiacer as someone with kidney disease in my family, thanks for your research :)

@xyzzy Thank you! My research currently focusses on risk factors of cardiovascular events in a specific subpopulation of ESRD (the autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, ADPKD, population) but I plan to broad the target as soon as possible. Thank you for your message :)

@damiacer adpkd is exactly what runs in my family! i luckily avoided it but my moms side of the family has had it popping up for multiple generations, including in her.

@encelado Having studied at Sapienza and coming from the South of Rome?

@damiacer yes; generally speaking, coming across a medical doctor on fediverse is a true rarety. As a matter of fact, that's the first time I happen to see somebody involved in the field

@encelado true. To be honest, I have a second degree in stats and epid. I guess that explains my interest in things not really conventional for MDs.

@damiacer I can relate; I started medicine at a time I was most interested in virology, neuroscience and pathology. I have this spare time side interest for computer science, and the fact I'm working on a thesis in computational neuroscience accounts for that.

@encelado that sounds great! Keep me posted about your work :)

@damiacer sure! We're using the CAT12 toolbox on SPM12 to perform VBM/SBM analysis on a pool of patient with classic trigeminal neuralgia associated with neurovascular conflict. The goal is to evaluate differences in thickness/gyrification within some ROIs, historically associated with chronic pain perception (NAcc, dACC, S1/2, anterior insula, amygdala, precuneus, parietal and frontal operculus). We also use 3D CISS to eveluate nerve atrophy in the same patients.

@encelado I see. We don’t have SPM here at the Biostatistics Unit. Or core work is statistical models for clinician research. But there is a INSERM (the National Medical Research Institute) unit that uses that. I work with them for the methodology of their research protocols.

@encelado Can you do that at Policlinico? Or you’re carrying on your work somewhere else?

@damiacer surprisingly, yes 🤣.
Floor -1 of the neurosurgery department, they have a couple of 3T magnets. The sequences are analyzed by some workstations located at the 2nd floor of Human Neurosciences Department (Viale dell'Università 30, Clinica delle Malattie Nervose e Mentali, di fronte a Urologia).
Best luck with your work, looking forward to hear news on that!

@encelado Alfredo finally spend some money. But is it enough for both patients and research?

@damiacer sort of; volunteers enrolled for research are usually placed just after lunch time, so right before the afternoon shift at interventional neuroradiology 😅.

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